Arts & Culture

Boston Community Collaborative’s End of Summer Drama Workshops

For the last two weeks of summer, Boston Community Collaborative (BCC) held two drama intensives/workshops.  These offerings were designed based on feedback from our during-the-school-year students and families.  Feedback requested programming during the last two weeks of summer when few programming options for kids exist.  This is Boston Community Collaborative’s second year offering such programming during this time.

Both weeks saw a group of students working with our very talented and very experienced drama instructor, Ingrid Oslund.  The first week, an abridged version of the popular Broadway musical Hairspray was prepared and performed with youth actors.  The second week, both college students and neighborhood kids had the opportunity to study the language of the Bard.  Their performance, Men and Monsters:  A Shakespeare Intensive incorporated monologues and scenes from Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and demonstrated what these students of all ages learned in an interactive and entertaining way.

The students met four hours each day for each week and pulled together very impressive performances.  The students rehearsed at the Nazzaro Center, and the Improv Asylum.  The performances took place at The Improv Asylum on Hanover Street.

Congratulations to the actors, and their parents and families.  This young group of performers did an amazing job and all should feel extremely proud!

Ingrid is a playwright, director, and choreographer by trade.  Her original work has been featured all around the Boston area, including Newburyport Actor’s Studio, On With Living and Learning, Emerson College, and Suffolk University.   Over many years, Ingrid has taught hundreds of North End youth in dance, drama, and film.  Her enthusiasm, professionalism, prolific work, and her wonderful ability to work with people of all ages and backgrounds is impressive.   The North End is lucky that she shares her amazing talents with our kids and families in the North End.

Boston Community Collaborative was incorporated in 2013.  Its mission is to connect people, and enrich lives.  BCC offers courses in Drama, Dance, Fitness and Engineering for Kids during the St John School afterschool program, Drama at the Josiah Quincy afterschool program, Drama in the North End, and Movers and Shakers (music and movement for babies, toddlers and preschoolers with their caregiver) at the West End Community Center.  BCC also hosts a number of community events:  Movie Nights in the Gassy during the summer, an annual Halloween Party for adults, and an annual Springtime Egg Hunt in Christopher Columbus Park.  For more information, contact

Included photos are from rehearsals and the performance.